Elden Ring shows off first gameplay footage, confirmed for Jan. 2022 | Ars Technical

Over two years have passed since From Software first shared a prerendered tease for Elden Ring at Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference. During a streaming Summer Game Fest event on Thursday, publisher Bandai Namco showed the first gameplay footage from this collaboration between Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and Game of Thrones scribe George R.R. Martin and announced a planned release date of January 21, 2022, for “next-gen and current-gen” consoles.

The trailer below (and the screenshots above) kind of speak for themselves, and the Dark Souls vibes are apparent throughout. That means a lot of dodge-rolling out of the way of some massive attacks from beasts many times your size, including a prominent dragon. It also means lots of dramatic fire and thrown-stone effects amid the vaguely medieval setting.

A voiceover gives some hints about the “tarnished” protagonist, who has returned “in search of the Elden Ring, emboldened by the flame of ambition.” The protagonist is shown summoning a ghostly horse and fighting against mounted enemies. At one point, the mount leaps straight up a sheer cliffside. It looks like you can also summon a ghostly companion to fight alongside you to attack from multiple angles.

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